Uniform, Appearance & Organisation

Uniform & Appearance

School uniform is compulsory and must be worn at all times within school and whilst travelling to and from school. In emergency situations where a pupil is unable to wear the full uniform a written note signed by a parent or guardian is required. Pupils should present this to their Progress Leader (PL) or Assistant Progress Leader (APL) on arrival to school and a decision will be made regarding the arrangements for that day.

The Oldershaw School Uniform

Blazer and JumperBurgundy blazer with badge and a mid-grey ‘V’ neck jumper.
TrousersMid grey only  – standard cut and style.
SkirtMid-grey, knee length, loose fit or pleated; not bodycon / jersey tube.
Shirt or BlouseWhite with turn-down, button up collar
TieSchool tie to be worn at all times full length and correctly knotted.
FootwearPlain black leather shoes. No training shoes, boots or pumps.
Socks or TightsGrey
HatsNo caps or hats.  In cold weather pupils may wear woollen hats outdoors.
Outdoor CoatsLeather, suede or other expensive coats are unsuitable for school.
BagsThe Oldershaw School has a specially designed bag for all pupils.
ApronTechnology provide an apron

Pupils not in uniform will be dealt with on a case by case basis, but could be asked to work away from other pupils.

Oldershaw branded PE Kit is compulsory for all pupils in every PE lesson.

Regulations for Appearance and Dress (Years 7 – 11)

  1. Pupils may wear a maximum of one small stud per ear. Any stud must be in the lower part of the ear. No other forms of jewellery are allowed. The school is unable to accept responsibility for the loss of any jewellery.
  2. Hair styles and colours must not be extreme in nature and our preference is for natural colours. The school will be the final arbiter of what is deemed to be extreme and will address any concerns on a case by case basis.
  3. False nails and eyelashes should not be worn for school. Use of make-up should be subtle and appropriate for a school context. Infringements will be judged on a case by case basis.
  4. Pupils wearing skirts must wear them at a length appropriate for school at approximately knee length. Infringements will be judged on a case by case basis.
  5. Outdoor coats must not be worn at any time inside the school building.
  6. Sweatshirts, tracksuit tops, fleeces and hoodies should not be worn for school.
  7. All black, standard school-style shoes must be worn for school. Trainers, pumps, heels, obviously branded or any variation on standard school-style shoes are not permitted (see examples below). We do not recommend parents or carers buy expensive branded shoes for school because of the wear and tear of daily use.
  8. The Oldershaw-badged school bag or a similar non branded bag is part of our school uniform and must be brought to school every day.
  9. In those cases where the school accepts a written explanation for incomplete uniform or imperfect appearance, a time limit will be set for the pupil to rectify the inadequacies in clothing or appearance.
  10. The school has the final decision in all matters of interpreting the regulations and deciding what is acceptable or unacceptable in dress and appearance.
  11. In cases where finance is an issue, please speak confidentially to your child’s PL or APL.

Examples of acceptable all black, standard, school-style shoes

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list. It is merely intended to show some examples of all black, standard, school-style shoes. If in doubt, please consult your child’s PL or APL before buying. Please don’t ask staff in local shoe shops as they only want to sell shoes and do not know our school policy.

The school uniform is available from:

Wirral Uniform Centre, Pyramids Shopping Centre, 2 Princes Pavement, Birkenhead, CH41 2XYwww.wirraluniforms.comwirraluniforms@hotmail.co.uk
Design & Stitch, Unit 6, Tarran Way South, Moreton, CH46 4TPwww.wirralschooluniforms.co.uksales@designstitch.co.uk

Free Uniform for Secondary Schools (FUSS)

Wirral FUSS is a voluntary organisation that distributes FREE pre-loved school uniform in good condition. There are no criteria to meet and no questions asked. The organisation also recycle uniform that cannot be re-used. You can contact Wirral FUSS via email uniform@wirralfuss.co.uk to enquire about availability.

We also ask that you donate any pre-loved uniform items you feel may be of use to other families. We have a Wirral FUSS drop off located in our reception area.

The school also has a supply of ties and badges for sale.

Please also see PE Kit policy below.

Organisation for Learning

Your child’s academic progress is our prime concern at Oldershaw and we therefore expect all pupils to be fully equipped to learn. To that end, please support us by ensuring your child has the following items of equipment every day for school:

An Oldershaw School bag

All students are expected to have an Oldershaw School bag with them as part of their school uniform every day. Bags should have your child’s name clearly marked on the inside and may be personalised with non-offensive tags, badges or key rings in order to allow easy identification. However, they must not have any writing, drawing or painting on them of any sort.

Bags that are damaged in this way or lost must be replaced at the family’s expense from Wirral Uniform Centre in Birkenhead.

A pencil case with pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and sharpener

These will be checked by form tutors every morning and pupils will be expected to buy missing items. Additionally, you may wish to provide a calculator, maths equipment (protractor, compass, etc) and coloured pencils, but these are not compulsory. A pencil case can be purchased from us directly via our Arbor School Shop.

The Oldershaw School Journal
All students will be provided with a school journal. This journal will contain relevant and important information, it will allow students to make a note of their homework and also provided a means of communication between home and school.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones can distract from learning and present a potential safeguarding risk. Therefore, they must not be seen or heard in school. If they are seen or heard, they will be confiscated and placed in a secure locker in our reception area from where they can be collected by the parent/guardian of the pupil at the end of the day. Pupils must turn their phones off before handing them over.

Sixth Form Regulations

Please see relevant section of website.

The Oldershaw School
Valkyrie Road, Wallasey
Wirral CH45 4RJ
T: 0151 638 2800 E: schooladmin@oldershaw.wirral.sch.uk Executive Headteacher: Mr S Fisher